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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur News and Links for Friday, July 2


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Hi, everyone!

We’re heading into a holiday weekend in the States, so that easygoing feeling is really setting in for me.

Ramble of the Day

There were a lot of people at Wembley for England’s win over Germany. Off the top of my head, I can remember seeing David Beckham, members of the royal family, and Ed Sheeran, who wore an England jersey while everyone else around him was in a suit! (The Hoddle isn’t about this today, but I would just like to put on the record that he was the only one dressed appropriately for a football match.) Also there: a Jürgen Klopp doppelgänger who ended up fooling a lot of people.

ESPN, for example, has left this tweet up for days now. (Watch it get deleted in between the time of writing and publishing.) I cannot tell if the matter-of-fact writing of the tweet is them believing fully that the man in this video is Klopp, or a quiet way of joking. I think it’s the first.

I think so for two reasons. One, that guy really does look like Klopp if you’re not paying too much attention. Two, this look-alike fooled more than one person, including a man brave enough to report about it on UK breakfast show Lorraine.

I feel like Klopp probably wouldn’t wear all Liverpool gear off the job, but I mostly feel for this reporter. I would be mortified if I was him, because this guy does bear a resemblance to Klopp. Maybe, though, there’s something to be said if presenter Lorraine Kelly could quickly spot the difference.

tl;dr: A Jürgen Klopp doppelgänger fooled some people at Wembley this week.

Stay informed, read this: Kevin L. Clark interviews women’s basketball pioneer Lusia Harris-Stewart on accomplishing firsts and finally getting her due for The Undefeated

Links of the Day

UEFA complied with a request from the Italian government to cancel tickets for Ukraine-England purchased by UK residents, fearing they will forgo a quarantine period.

Jacques Letang resigned as chairman of the committee to normalize the Haitian FA, following criticism from FIFPro and Concacaf.

Cop Secret, the directorial debut of Iceland’s Hannes Þór Halldórsson, will premiere at the Locarno Film Festival in August.

Transfers: Manchester United signed Jadon Sancho from Dortmund; Everton signed Kenza Dali from West Ham

A longer read: Mara Gomez, the first transgender player in Argentina’s women’s championship, on how football is her “emotional source of support” for ESPN